Thursday, January 26, 2012

I know, I know...  It's been awhile!  Lot on my plate right now.  My wife's been in Haiti since last Saturday so I've been running around like a chicken with my head, blah blah blah....  Getting the kids off to school, making sure homework gets done, laundry, cooking food, running to the grocery, etc... Sometimes you take for granted all the work the better half puts in everyday until you have to do it yourself! 

Anyway, I'm still able to get my running in once I shuffle the kids off in the morning.  All is going well, although speed work has been absent for about a week now. We got some pretty good covering of ice yesterday so traction could be an issue today.  May have to break out the yak's for the first time this year.  Still dreadmill free!! 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

COLD run yesterday morning with the guys.  7:30 am start time, 12 degrees w/10-12 mph winds, 3-4 inches of snow on the ground and a chilly 10 miles later, I was a popsicle. NO TREADMILL YET!  It's supposed to warm up to around 40 the next couple of days. Unless the snow melts off the local track, I may be forced to do some of my speedwork on the greenway, which is ok, but still not completely without snow.  I wore my crosslites yesterday and have come to realize that if I'm not running on grass or dirt with these, they really give my feet a pounding.  Most of the 10 mile route was on snow/packed snow, but there were a few spots on pavement.

Today was an easy run, but the temps were even colder than yesterday but at least the sun is out.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

So the weather has been taking a turn for the worse here lately, lot of cold rain and wind.  We have a forecast for 4-6 inches starting this evening and into tomorrow.  Looks like the treadmill is beckoning... But I'll hold off as long as I can.  Great track session yesterday, 16 x 400 with a 1 mile warm up and cool down. Slowest in 80 and fastest in 75 with 60s RI.  For some reason I prefer running 400's than any thing else.  It's quick so there's little suffering.  I think I read somewhere that Lasse Viren used to run nothing but 400's for his speed work in prep for the Olympics in 72', of course this could be me just reading more into it.  

Sunday, January 8, 2012

With Galen out of the equation, I think it's easier to solve for X now.  Hall, Meb and Ritz...   I also think if one of these three guys has a bad day, then maybe one of these guys can squeek in; Gotcher, Hartman, Arciniaga, or Abdirahman.  I also wouldn't count out Josh Cox...  In either case, I hope it's a good race next weekend.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Good track session yesterday, WU-2miles then a ladder of 200, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1200, 1600 then back down, RI 60s between each.  I won't go through each split but the 1st 400 was in 79s and the 1600 was is 5:51. On the way down the 400 was in 78s. WD-1mile. Today was was very easy and tomorrow will be another easy longish run depending on how everyone feels.  Today it got up to 53 degrees so shorts and a short sleeve shirt..  hardly January weather but I'll take it. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Found this picture someone took of me during a 16 mile trail race I did back in early November. I was in 3rd place at the time.  This was taken a couple of miles before I jacked up my right ankle again and had to slow way down. Notice how I am intently focused on whats in front of me, trying to keep from stepping on anything to the avoid the aforementioned jacking...

Signed up for twitter this morning (because I have nothing else to do) and giving it a go for awhile to see if I like it or not, you can follow @wardmoya1...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Nice start to the week. 40 miles in three days with some intervals and a tempo run thrown in there for good measure.  Good karma to start the new year and I hope to keep it rolling... So far mild temps, but I know the cold, windy and wet stuff is coming.  Running with these fast college kids and studs from the store is really kicking my butt, but I'm in hopes that it will pay off within the next couple of months and into the spring and summer as long as I stay uninjured...

Sunday, January 1, 2012

I was determined to get out of the house today for a run despite the 25-30 mph sustained winds and misty conditions.  I found a route where I could have a tailwind for the last couple of miles and went after it.  I'm always glad after I complete a run like this...  sometimes it's hard to find the motivation without someone willing you out the door, especially with crappy weather.  But after a mile, your warm and the motivation comes back most of the time.  I finished up the last 3 of this 7 miler with 10 x 1 minute pick-ups with enough rest between to keep the bile down.

I'm really looking forward to the Olympic Marathon trials here in a couple of weeks.  I realize that anything can happen in a race like this, but my unscientific picks are Hall and Ritz to be a lock on the team.  If Rupp runs this as a serious competitor and not just a pace maker for Ritz, then I think he probably makes the team despite this being his first race at 26.2. I'm just not sold on Meb right now, I don't know... it's just a gut feeling I have.  I think Ritz may even win the race outright if he nails his nutrition.